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it was actually the cia who played the largest role crafting the talking points in the end. one man who knows more about what happened in benghazi than anyone on the planet is thomas pickering. he co-chaired an independent review of the attacks. a legendary career as a diplomat serving republicans and democrats in the world's hottest spots. his review of benghazi didn't sugar coat what happened concluding there were systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at the state department. yet republican congressman darrell issa strongly criticized the record and issa wants the ambassador to answer questions but not in a public hearing. let's listen to his rationale for that. >> the fact is we don't want to have some sort of a stage show. we have fact witnesses. they testified. we have the ambassador and admiral mullen who conducted and oversaw the arb. we're inviting them on monday. we'll go through not in front of the public but in a nonpartisan way questions and answers and then obviously a hearing to follow in an appropriate time. >> this afternoon u.s. congressman issa took the nex
after the white house released all those e-mails, showing it was the cia who played the largest role crafting the talking points in the end. one man who knows more about what happened in benghazi than anyone on the planet is ambassador thomas pickering. he co-chaired an independent review of the attacks. ambassador pickering has a legendary career as a diplomat serving both diplomats and republicans in many of the world's hottest spots. re concluded there were failures in management deefficienciey -- deficiencies at the state department. let's listen to congressman issa's recommendation. >> the fact is we don't want to have some sort of a stage show. we had fact witnesses, they testified. we had the ambassador and admiral mullen who conducted and oversaw, we're inviting them on monday, we'll go there -- not in front of the public, but in a nonpartisan way questions and answers, and obviously a hearing to follow at an appropriate time. >> this afternoon, u.s. congressman issa took the next step, issuing a subpoena for ambassador pickering. he wrote in light of your continuing refusal
. now i want you to watch this. this is an excerpt from a soviet era documentary in 1986 showing a cia operative named michael sellers arrested and interrogated at kgb headquarters in '86. look at it side by side. we see both men being taken in for questioning, sitting awkwardly at this table, almost from the same angle. in the videos, we can't see the identity of the men who are with them and asking questions, and in both cases, we see this amazing table of spy gear. multiple pairs of eyeglasses, reporting devices, right down to each of them having a light colored wig that fits into a hat. this arrest this week in moscow, this oddly choreographed performance for the cameras of the arrest of the supposed american spy in moscow this week, it's basically an exact replay of the exact thing the russians did to great propaganda effect in 1986. right down to all the retro, cold war era spy gear they say they caught this american spy with this week and they showed off with such pride in the perp walk video. this could mean that maybe the cia still goes to the same wig store and buys the same
with the golden wig. ryan fogle was arrested by russian authorities this week accused of being a cia spy and trying to recruit a russian terrorism agent. joining me is a former spy, peter ernest. he's now the executive director of the international spy museum in washington, which sounds like a very interesting job. welcome to you, peter. thank you for being here. >> thank you for asking me. let's talk about what's going on. the russians laid out fogle's alleged spy kit. it didn't look that impressive. cheap looking which is. a road map. an old cell phone. come on is that all it takes? >> i would say don't be too deceived by the paraphernalia that was laid out. moscow is a tough place to operate. we learned how to do it in cold war. we reverted to a lot of basic trade craft. hi-tech stuff can be broken into. it may look like keystone cops but can be very useful in the kind of situations of handling an agent in moscow. >> all right. we learned that mr. fogle was released to the u.s. embassy. it happened pretty quickly. does that surprise you in >> no, it didn't. as you recall, when we roun
in benghazi have been contradicted by the actual talking points written by, indisputably, the cia, and all the e-mails that we just read. my question for mr. fivpfeifer some time has been, why didn't the white house publish those when susan rice was left drifts in the wind, several other ir respond members of congress, including this particular congressman, who ran for vice president, paul ryan, falsely suggested that the word "spontaneous" was made up by the white house, when we now know from the white house that they were written by the cia. but the white house should have put those talking points out six months ago, rather than waiting until just recently. >> you wrote in "the hill" last week, if the white house knew about the irs abuses and did not tell the president, she should have resigned. the president says that he found out about many of these scandals from the news. at what point when something is developing should staffers bring the president into the loop? >> if you're the white house counsel, immediately. i said "if," and i have the greatest respect for the white house counse
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